Would you allow your child to watch Glee? Is your family a family of Gleeks (a popular term used to refer to as a fan of the show Glee)? What is the age that is appropriate for a child to watch this program?
Glee is, of course, the widely popular television show that is aired on Fox, on Tuesday nights. It is centered on a group of teenagers who are part of a Glee club and are hoping to someday win the national Glee competition. Each week, the audience gets to watch this group of performers sing and dance to a different theme. Their performances are sometimes wild and sometimes considered provocative to some people.
The question is if this show is suitable for children to watch.
Who are the targeted audience for Glee? The producers will probably tell you that they are gearing their show for an audience of people between the ages of 18 to 30. This is the key demographic for television shows. Yet, children do watch Glee. In fact, the Today show did a segment asking several people this question. One of the questionnaires on their panel was a psychologist and he admitted that his family watched Glee together as a family, which included a seven year old.
So does this mean that Glee is a family program? It may depend on the family. Many parents would agree that it is a program that the parents may wish to watch first and then decide whether it is appropriate for their children. If they do decide that it is, then they may decide to watch it with their younger children to help address any issues that the children may have.
In fact, the producers of Glee encourages families to watch their program together and help explain the issues to the younger children and to even talk over the issues within the program to the older children, if parents can. As for age appropriateness of children, most people would agree that this show is better suited for middle school children to high school age children than the younger ones since it is not labeled as Y7 show.
Yet, chances are the parents may be taking the issues and even the dance numbers a bit more seriously than the children are. No, this show may not exactly be High School Musical. But your child may only want to watch it for the performances and to look at the cool outfits that they wear. Yes, it may be just that simple to a child.